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Debut VC Funds in February 2021

In February 2021, we saw 11 VCs reveal their debut funds. Below, we will list out the firms’ verticals, investment stage, description, and more. All debut funds are curated from Axios Pro Rata Newsletter. To find the right investors for your business, check out Visible Connect. Trestle Partners – Feb 26 Trestle is a private investment fund investing solely in pre-Series A and Series A SaaS businesses. They secured a $30M on Feb 26th. They provide capital to founders so startups can continue to scale without committing to the Bay Area’s single-track approach to growth. View Profile Motion Venture – Feb 25 Motion Ventures is a strategic global venture investment fund designed for industry adoption to scale innovation, with a focus on early-stage investments. They secured $22.7M on Feb 25th. Motion…

Fresh VC Funds Raised in January 2021

New investors bring new opportunities! On a monthly basis, we will be highlighting some venture capital and private equity firms that have raised their debut funds. We will give insight into what verticals the debut firm looks to invest in and some of their guiding principles. All debut funds are curated from Axios Pro Rata Newsletter. Below are a few of the debut venture capital and private equity funds we have seen emerge throughout January of 2021. On January 6th, Access Holdings raised a total of $340M for their private equity investment focus on essential service-based businesses. As a Baltimore-based fund, Access Holdings raised one of the largest closed-end funds by a Mid-Atlantic PE firm. Check out Access Holdings’ Visible Connect profile below. View Profile Crossbeam raised $25M on January…

VCs Investing In Food & Bev Startups

Over the past couple of years, we have seen a dramatic increase in financing for the food/beverage/restaurant industry. Recently, throughout the pandemic, there has actually been more investment into this space, as shown below and sourced from CB Insights. The increase in recent food industry investment can be explained by the pandemic exposing some of the food industry’s current flaws. With many brick and mortar stores shutting down for months at a time, investors have seen the fragile structure of thousands of in-person food businesses. Therefore, many investors seem to be optimistic about finding new solutions and creative ways to continue to grow and innovate within this food industry. Below, we give insight into 10 varying VCs within the food industry. You can further evaluate these investors and thousands more…

10 Cybersecurity VCs You Should Know About

The year 2021 will bring more attention to cybersecurity than ever before. With the continued surge to work-from-home, companies all over the world are becoming more dependent on cloud-based and collaborative services such as Slack, Zoom, Notion, and more. Where there is business, there is capital. Below, we list out security-focused VC firms to keep an eye out for. ForgePoint Capital is founded by pioneers of cybersecurity. Led by Alberto Yepez, Donald Dixon, and Sean Cunningham, ForgePoint has been early-stage investing since 1998 and made over 50 investments in the space. They offer some thoughts and insight into their take on cybersecurity throughout their blog. View Profile Dreamit Ventures looks to help startups with their Securetech program. Throughout this, their focus is on scaling, customers, and capital, not on building…

Exploring VCs by Check Size

In searching for your investor, every VC seems to have different stipulations and ranges for their check sizes. Many firms will initially write smaller checks to their first-time investments and larger checks to their recurring, portfolio investments. Finding a VC with a check size that fits your need can be difficult. We will segment some of our favorite VCs by typical minimum check size, sweet spot check size, and maximum check size. Related Reading: A Quick Overview on VC Fund Structure Angel Investors: Checks under $30,000 Jonathan Ozeran serves as an advisor for Great North Labs and is a hands-on investor that has seen many phases of growth. He focuses on several verticals, including AI, Mobile, Biotechnology, Digital Health, Health Care, Hardware, Insurance, and more. Check Size: Min. $10,000 —…

Venture Capitalists Investing in Texas

San Francisco and NYC hold the largest amount and value of venture investing across the US. However, with a plethora of urban areas, Texas is continuing to offer venture funding at a rapid pace. We will evaluate various VCs who are involved throughout Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. To keep an eye on Texas-based investments we wanted to share which venture capitalists are geologically active. Visible Connect is our investor database. Connect allows founders to find active investors using the fields we have found most valuable, including: Check size — minimum, max, and sweet spot Investment Geography — where a firm generally invests Board Seat — Determines the chances that an investment firm will take a board of directors seat in your startup/company. Traction Metrics — Show what metrics the Investing firm looks for when…

10 Venture Capitalists Investing in Cannabis

The cannabis industry has taken off over the last few years as legalization sweeps across US states. Since 2011 venture capital investment in the cannabis space has gone from a tad more than $0 to $1.5B+ in 2019. To keep an eye on the space as it continues to grow, we wanted to share what venture capitalists are active in the space. Visible Connect is our investor database. Connect allows founders to find active investors using the fields we have found most valuable, including: Check size — minimum, max, and sweet spot Investment Geography — where a firm generally invests Board Seat — Determines the chances that an investment firm will take a board of directors seat in your startup/company. Traction Metrics — Show what metrics the Investing firm looks for when deciding whether or not to…

10 Gaming and Esports Investors You Should Know

The gaming and esports scene has been on a decade-long rise and is continuing its upward trend. Over the past year, there has been a surge in online gaming engagement due to quarantine isolation. From 2020-2025, GlobeNewswire forecasts a CAGR of 12% with an emerging help from the VR/AR industry. Visible looks to help connect founders with investors all over the world. Below, we highlight 10 of our favorite gaming-focused venture capitalists. Search through these investors and 11,000+ more on Visible’s Connect platform.   BITKRAFT Ventures Stage: Seed, Series A/B Investment Geography: Global Key person: Jens Hilgers, Malte Barth, Scott Rupp, and Moritz Baier-Lentz Gaming investments: Epic Games, Manticore Games, Frost Giant, Anzu, Bit Fry, Carbonated, Koji, Voicemod, etc. Thesis: Built by founders for founders, BITKRAFT is a global early-…

August 2020 Venture Data Report

The COVID repercussions seem to have started flexing their muscles as the number of venture deals drops throughout August. As we mentioned back in April, the amount of finalized deals would most likely dip over the next 3-4 months (now). With the long process of finalizing term sheets, it seems that the previous halt of venture funding talk is starting to catch up to us. For Starters All of the mentioned deals have been solely recorded from Dan Primack’s Pro Rata daily newsletter. August posted 227 deals, our lowest we have seen since March (223), when the coronavirus frenzy started to pick up. These investments totaled $11,309,250,000, about $4B less than July. Only one recorded August deal surpassed the $1B threshold. Note: This is data collected from the Pro Rata Newsletter. Range of deal values…

July 2020 Venture Data Report

As uncertain as the world continues to be, the venture capital ecosystem has been showing promising signs. Over the past 12 months of recording Axios venture data, July 2020 captured the most funding of any single month. Although there were not as many individually signed term sheets, the average deal size is significantly larger than in previous months. For Starters All of the mentioned deals have been solely recorded from Dan Primack’s Pro Rata daily newsletter. In total, July pushed out 277 deals totaling $15,436,950,000. Although there were 15 less deals than June, a handful of massive rounds helped push July’s total funding over $4B more than last month. Note: This is data collected from the Pro Rata Newsletter. Range of deal values for July: Minimum: $1,300,000 (2 Deals) Mode:…

June 2020 Venture Data Report

As 2020 reaches the halfway point, the United States, and much of the world, continues facing crucial problems of racial injustice and the coronavirus re-outbreak. However, venture capital funding seems to be trending in an encouraging way. We’ll look over what June had in store for us and what to be on the watch for moving forward. For Starters In June, we saw strong check sizes and a plethora of completed deals (recorded from Dan Primack’s Pro Rata Newsletter). We racked up 292 deals totaling $11,378,180,000 throughout June’s 30 days. These numbers held similar to May, with only 4 more total deals and $749M less in total funding. Note: This is data collected from the Pro Rata Newsletter. Range of deal values for June: Minimum: $1,200,000 (Raised by Workhuman) Mode: $20,000,000 (13 Deals) Median: $18,000,000 Average: $39,645,226 (May:…

The Founders Forward Podcast: “Axios Re:Cap”

Dan Primack is a business editor and the author of the Pro Rata newsletter at Axios. On June 15th, Dan premiered his new podcast called Axios Re:Cap. In just 10 minutes, Dan and his guests — global business leaders, influential political operators, and reporters chasing huge scoops — take you inside the accelerating forces, technologies and trends that are remaking your world and work. You can hear a 1-minute trailer about the podcast here!   Listen Now

May 2020 Venture Data Report

Over a month ago, China witnessed a bounce back in venture capital investments. And looking over May’s investment data, we see that the United States and global VC involvement is starting to come back strong in a similar fashion. For Starters Both the total dollar amount and the number of deals (recorded from Dan Primack’s Pro Rata Newsletter) are much higher than we saw in April. May accumulated 288 deals totaling  $12,126,800,000. Compared to April, May had over 40 more deals and over $5B more in total investments. Note: This is data collected from the Pro Rata Newsletter. Range of deal values for May: Minimum: $1,400,000 (Raised by Oxwash) Mode: $10,000,000 (17 Deals) Median $15,000,000 Average $42,253,659 (April: $33,781,513) Maximum: $750,000,000 (Raised by Waymo) For more insight over May 2020’s Venture Capital deals, click below. Read More Read previous…

April 2020 Venture Data Report

After March seemed to slowly drag on, the days of April zoomed by. While adjusting to everyone’s new normal, there is plenty to uncover surrounding the VC eco-system. For Starters The month of April begins the expected pushback in investment deal volume. The setbacks of COVID-19 will likely continue for several months, depending on the rate of re-opening the U.S. economy, global trading, and our lives. April brought 239 deals combining for a total of $8,040,000,000. Compared to March, we recorded 16 more deals, but over $1.5B less invested. Note: This is data collected from the Pro Rata Newsletter. Scope of deal values for April: Minimum: $1,500,000 Mode: $5,000,000 (13 Deals) Median $15,000,000 Average $33,781,513 (March: $43,665,753) Maximum: $500,000,000 (Raised by Epic Games) For more insight over April 2020’s Venture Capital deals,…

The Founders Forward Podcast List: “The Twenty Minute VC”

Harry Stebbings, Founder and Host of The Twenty Minute VC, gives great insight in his podcast for founders looking to secure funding and the entire Venture Capital ecosystem as a whole. Harry’s podcast has turned into an extreme success, reaching over 100,000 listeners. In his episode, “Are VCs Still Open for Business,” Harry looks over the complications for investors during COVID-19, with Fred Destin, a Founding Partner at Stride.VC.   Listen Now

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